Random Quickies: Removing His Speech Bubbles Turns Dagwood Into a Faulknerian Manchild
The last couple of days, everyone’s been atwitter about 3eanuts, the blog that takes out the last panel and supposedly makes Peanuts more depressing. This never made sense to me, since I’m a pretty avid Peanuts reader and I always found it to be a depressing strip, final panel or not.
Instead, I give you Removing His Speech Bubbles Turns Dagwood Into a Faulknerian Manchild, whose premise is … well, I’m sure you get the idea. Like Garfield Minus Garfield, you’ll be surprised how much better a stodgy old strip looks by removing a key element. Dagwood acts like a silent film character (or perhaps like the dialogueless Mario Mario), which makes him far easier to sympathize with. And, dang it, sometimes it’s just plain adorable.